New Eagles bring fresh confidence

New Eagles bring fresh confidence

Dannii Devenny and former Perth Redback player Kerise Delcoure will join the duo, along with former Perry Lakes Hawks trio Clare Thompson-Boston, Brieanna Nolan and Emily Burton.

For Francis, it is his first time in the top job, having assisted with the Cockburn Cougars and Perry Lakes Hawks.

‘Pre-season has been in full swing since November and the girls have been pushed by our strength and conditioning coach Mal Lowther in what they tell me has been one of the toughest pre-seasons the team has been through in a few years,’ he said.

Francis said he was hoping to bring a fresh attitude to the program and the side.

‘The bulk of the squad has tasted finals and grand finals basketball, as have I, and together I am hoping to get the club back there again,’ he said.

‘Our signings will add considerable depth to last year’s squad and give club stalwarts Nicole Jorre St Jorre, Jodee Sontay and Amy Chinnery some much-needed support.’

Jones has played basketball professionally for eight years in Australia and Europe as well as college basketball in the US. She comes to the East Perth District Basketball Association as a junior development officer as well as a player for the club.

She has spent the past two seasons alongside Francis at the Cockburn Cougars and was runner-up Most Valuable Player last season.

‘Given my involvement in the Women’s SBL and with the role of junior development officer, my goal is to build and foster relationships between the Women’s SBL team and the teams in the WABL and Development League,’ she said.

After the 2013 season, where the team finished last on the ladder, Francis said he hoped to get the players believing in themselves again, from game one on March 14.